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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Social Media Sites for Book Lovers


Those of us who love to read know what a pleasure it is to find a good book and share it with relatives, friends, colleagues and others. I’ve just been browsing book blogs and several social media sites are mentioned frequently as favorite places to discuss reading favorites online. They include:

LibraryThing boasts 1.2 million members. LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of books (up to 200 are free): books you own, books you've read, books you'd like to read, books you've lent out ... whatever grouping you'd like.

Shelfari allows you to set up a virtual shelf of your favorite books, share with friends, see what the most popular books are and what are the top books in your favorite genre.

goodreads has such features as most books read this week, popular books published in January 2011, popular lists such as Best Books Ever and even quizzes such as Guess the First Sentence.

BookCrossing is a unique social networking site. In addition to a bookshelf where you can add books in any language, you can create a code and tag a physical book, place it anywhere and follow it as it is “captured” by other BookCrossing members. The San Francisco Chronicle referred to it as “a modern-day message in a bottle.”

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